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Dr. Ivan Savin


Ivan Savin is an Associate Professor of Business Analytics at ESCP Business School, Madrid campus.


Prior joining ESCP, Ivan served as a postdoctoral research fellow within the ERC project “Behavioural-evolutionary analysis of climate policy: Bounded rationality, markets and social interactions” (EVOCLIM) at ICTA-UAB between 2018 and 2023 studying how the effectiveness, efficiency, equity and acceptability of these policies can be improved. To this end, he extensively worked with public and expert surveys  and developed skills from artificial intelligence and machine learning to efficiently explore and classify large amount of data.


Before that, he served within the KIT-BETA project devoted to general purpose technologies, creativity and sustainability (2015-2018) and was a postdoc for four years at the Friedrich Schiller University in the Graduate College "The Economics of Innovative Change" (2011-2015). In this period he developed skills in agent-based modelling, graph theory and natural language processing techniques. Ivan received his PhD from the Department of Economics of the Justus Liebig University of Giessen (Chair of Econometrics, supervisor Prof. Dr. Peter Winker) in 2011 working on applications of evolutionary optimisation (e.g., Genetic Algorithms, Differential Evolution) to time-series and panel data econometric models. In 2017 he habilitated at KIT with the thesis titled "Applications of Evolutionary Optimization and Modelling in Economics".

Ivan’s research interests include economics of innovation, environmental economics, climate policy, complex systems, and evolutionary economics. He published in top field journals in economics of innovation (e.g., Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, Journal of Technology Transfer), environmental economics (e.g., Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Environmental and Resource Economics), climate policy studies (Climate Policy, Climatic Change and WIREs Climate Change) and general journals (e.g., Nature Communications, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PLOS One). He published more than 60 articles in JCR-indexed, international journals, many of which are in Q1 journals.

Ivan Savin



Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Habilitation, Teaching Degree in Economics

2008 - 2011

Justus Liebig University of Giessen

PhD at the chair of statistics and econometrics, Summa Cum Laude.

2006 - 2007

University of Passau

1 year DAAD ERP program

2003 - 2008

Ural Federal University (former Ural State University named after A.M. Gorky)

Faculty of Economics, Specialization in International Economics. Honors degree based on five-year full-time Diploma

Research Interests

Economics of Innovation

R&D cooperation, renewable energy generation technologies,  open innovation concept, innovation policy

Complex Systems

agent-based modelling, social networks, technology networks

Climate Policy

Carbon tax vs carbon market, acceptance of climate policies, public opinion dynamics

Machine Learning

topic modelling, computational linguistics

Evolutionary Economics 

Replicator dynamics, optimal strategies in dynamic econometric models and games, evolutionary optimization

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